New water mandates are about to hit hard. Outdoor watering, however, is an easy place to save. State matching funds might help local governments offer more uniform cash-for-grass incentives, to make thirsty lawns more drought tolerant.
We hear the term “human capital” a lot. We’re told that for any area to grow, succeed and create opportunity, it must invest in human capital. Once you’ve made that investment, those in whom you have invested will pay dividends by what they accomplish.
Even with a black power structure, Baltimore couldn’t stop its black neighborhoods from rioting over the death of a black man in police custody. The violence underscores the entrenched distrust between police and low-income communities across the nation. But the public can’t turn a blind eye to injustice or rampant destruction of our cities.
Once Speaker Toni Atkins’ pet bills had been heard; once the people who want emissions limits on fracking had finished; once the manufacturers of recycled plastics had wrapped up, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee took up the concerns of some 120 people who had been waiting two hours in the hallway.
It was despicable that fair and sensible legislation to protect small businesses from being blackmailed by unscrupulous lawyers suing under the guise of helping the disabled was gutted in a state Assembly committee on Wednesday.
Permission to walk around with a gun isn’t something that Californians view lightly. Elected officials, who control concealed carry permits, have abused their power in the past. Now a Modesto Democrat and gun rights groups want to make it harder to find out who is getting these permits, and the effort should be stopped in its tracks.
The drought forces lawmakers to focus on antiquated notions about water. One such law might have made sense 64 years ago when there were 10 million Californians. With almost 40 million of us, it no longer does.
California’s high school exit exam has helped kids succeed and focused school districts. But some want to throw it out with the adoption of Common Core. Updating the test and continuing to use it would be a better approach.
PG&E paid a record fine for the 2010 gas explosion in San Bruno. But the utility is so big that the penalty barely registered. The PUC needs more staff and better technology, but maybe its new head is right, and PG&E should be broken up.